Home' Asian Aviation : AAV October 2011 Contents MASkargo, the cargo subsidiary of Malaysia
Airlines, has become a new operator of the
A330-200F freighter, following the delivery
of the first of four PW4000-powered aircraft
ordered by the airline.
The aircraft was handed over on 15
September at a ceremony in Toulouse attended
by MASkargo Managing Director Shahari
“The A330-200F will bring new levels
of efficiency to MASkargo’s medium-lift
operations,” Sulaiman says. “With this aircraft,
we will be able to serve more markets with
greater frequency, while significantly reducing
our operating costs and maximising profit
Airbus claims the A330-200F is the world’s
most modern mid-size freighter and can
carry 70 tonnes of payload over a range of
up to 4,000nm. For MASkargo, the aircraft’s
performance and flexibility will enable direct
freight services from its Kuala Lumpur base to
destinations across Asia, with onward capability
to Australasia, Europe or the US.
“This aircraft marks a step change for cargo
carriers, offering the lowest operating costs in
the mid-size category and the ability to match
capacity more closely to demand on a wide
range of operations,” says John Leahy, Airbus’s
chief operating officer customers.
The A330-200F is the dedicated freighter
version of the A330 widebody twinjet family. To
date, Airbus has won more than 1,100 orders
for the various versions of the A330, with
some 800 aircraft currently flying with over 90
operators worldwide – Andrzej Jeziorski
Airbus delivers first A330-200F to MASKargo
International Aero Engines (IAE) announced
today China Eastern Airlines has selected the
engine maker to provide V2500 turbofans to
power 50 new Airbus A320 series aircraft.
The deal also includes comprehensive long-
term engine aftermarket services.
Deliveries will begin in August 2012 and
continue through to 2015, and China Eastern
will employ the new aircraft to expand the
capacity of its fleet.
The engine deal is valued at over US$1.2
billion including the aftermarket business. IAE
will deliver engines for 11 A319s (including five
high-altitude A319s), 19 A320s and 20 A321s.
“China Eastern has expressed its
satisfaction with the V2500. It has operated
very well since it entered service on the A320
with China Eastern in 2008,” says Ian Aitken,
president and chief executive officer of IAE.
“China Eastern recognizes the significant
fuel-burn advantage that the engine provides
and the assurance that’s provided by the fleet
hour agreement support.”
Shanghai-based China Eastern is one of
the leading airlines in China and enjoys a
market-leading record for punctuality. The
airline is a long-time IAE customer, dating
back to 1997 when it operated V2500-
powered MD-90s. The carrier is one of the
largest in the country by fleet size, with
more than 360 aircraft in service.
IAE is a multinational aero-engine
consortium whose shareholders comprise
Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Japanese
Aero Engines and MTU Aero Engines. The
manufacturer says there are more than 5,500
V2500s in service or on firm order with nearly
200 customers around the world.
For its part, Rolls-Royce has announced that
its share of the China Eastern order will be
valued at more than US$400 million.
According to IAE, V2500 engines now
power more than half of the A320s in China.
“In fact, about 40 percent of the engines
produced by IAE in 2010 were delivered to
China, reflecting that the country’s domestic
traffic has tripled, while international traffic
has grown four-fold over the past decade,”
the company says.
IAE provides its engines to some 17 operators
in the country. Over the last three years, more
than 30 percent of V2500 production capacity
has been delivered to China. V2500s power
A320-series aircraft that operate domestically,
regionally and globally. This results in more
than 340 aircraft in service, with another 100 in
backlog. – Andrzej Jeziorski
8 AsianAviation | OCTOBER 2011
The A330-200F will allow MASkargo to serve more markets with a higher frequency.
China Eastern selects IAE engines to power its A320s
NEWS IN BRIEF
BOEING has delivered the first Next-Generation
737-900ER with the new Boeing Sky Interior
to Tajikistan-based Somon Air, making the
Central Asian carrier the first in the region to
operate an aircraft featuring the innovative
interior. The delivery is also Somon Air’s first
direct purchase of a 737. “This new interior
will set Somon Air apart from other regional
operators by bringing a new, unmatched flying
experience to our valued customers,” says
Jamshed Rahmonberdiev, chief executive of
the airline’s parent, Somon Capital. “Reliability
and fuel efficiency are key considerations and
the 737-900ER will contribute to our financial
performance as well as help us maintain our
high standards of safety in accordance with
international air transportation standards.”
30/09/11 9:32 PM
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